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Friday, October 21, 2011

ESPN: Rapid Reaction: Rangers 2, Cardinals 1

The Rangers made a memorable ninth-inning comeback, tying this World Series at one game apiece. Texas scored two runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead and then held on in the bottom half. The Rangers manufactured the two runs to get the victory in dramatic fashion. Some quick thoughts:

Kinsler with gutsy steal: Ian Kinsler led off the ninth with a bloop single and then stole second base with Andrus looking to bunt him over. Kinsler was safe on a close play, putting him in scoring ...

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Repoz Posted: October 21, 2011 at 03:23 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps, rangers

PADRES: Reports indicate Hoyer, McLeod are headed to Chicago (with compensation!)

A team source confirmed on Thursday night the Padres will receive compensation if general manager Jed Hoyer and assistant GM Jason McLeod join the Chicago Cubs as expected.

Cubs might not have much of anything left on the farm.

Mike Emeigh Posted: October 21, 2011 at 01:58 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs, padres

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Atlantic:Translating World Series Jargon, From Flashing Leather to Rally Squirrel

The World Series always draws new and casual fans to the game, and those fans can occasionally be mystified by baseball’s colorful and ever-evolving glossary of slang and jargon, or “slargon.” We’ve defined a few of the more pernicious terms, all culled from last night’s FOX Sports’ broadcast of Game One, by Joe Buck and Tim McCarver—the start of the pair’s 14th straight World Series together.

Appeal: What Joe Buck does not have very much of. That relentless monotone is back in full-force, ...

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bobm Posted: October 20, 2011 at 10:48 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers

Jim Kaat: Alter the box scores??

“Legendary pitcher now blogging at Kaat’s Korner” Cool…I wonder who they hired!

If I were on the mound I would have much preferred to go after Nick Punto in both instances that he came up with 1st base open and the pitcher due up next. Why? First, I would love to have been sitting next to Cardinal great Bob Gibson last night when the situation arose. I can hear Gibby saying…”.if my stuff isn’t good enough to challenge the # 8 hitter and get him out, what am I doing out here.” I would ...

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Repoz Posted: October 20, 2011 at 08:12 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, rangers, sabermetrics

MLB All-Star Howie Kendrick Makes 8-Year-Old Boy Cry

Anaheim Angels all-star Howie Kendrick refused to sign a baseball card for an eight-year-old boy and made him cry, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

According to an Orange County woman, Kendrick moved into her neighborhood for the duration of the Angels season and last month her son asked him for an autograph and was denied, leaving him in tears.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 20, 2011 at 07:37 PM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, memorabilia

Baseball struts back to Schaumburg: The Boomers take their name from the male prairie chicken’s mati

The Schaumburg Boomers take their name from a common term for the prairie chicken, derived from the lively dance the male bird does to impress his female counterparts, said General Manager Andy Viano.

Owner Pat Salvi, who also owns the Gary Southshore RailCats, said he was looking for a unique name for his new team, which replaces the now-defunct Schaumburg Flyers, named for the nearby airport.

“We wanted to do something separate and apart from the Flyers and aviation,” Salvi said. “We wanted ...

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 20, 2011 at 07:31 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, minor leagues

ESPN LA: Tampa Bay Rays’ Andrew Friedman on Los Angeles Angels’ GM radar

The Los Angeles Angels’ search for a general manager is moving along at a brisk pace.

According to a source with direct knowledge of the Angels’ search, owner Arte Moreno and team president John Carpino have been in Florida this week and have already met with Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and New York Yankees executive Damon Oppenheimer.

The Angels’ list is becoming clearer by the day. In addition to Oppenheimer and Friedman, the Angels also ...

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still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: October 20, 2011 at 07:21 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rays, rumors

stltoday.com: Why investors should root for the Cardinals

Best Money Managing.  Ever.

A century’s worth of stock market results show, however, that everyone with a 401k or a hedge fund or any other kind of portfolio should be rooting for the Redbirds. The Dow Jones industrial average has risen an average of 12.9 percent in the calendar year after the Cardinals win the fall classic.That’s easily the best figure among  teams with at least four World Series titles. [

bobm Posted: October 20, 2011 at 06:53 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Life Magazine: NEVER-SEEN: ‘61 Yankees Goofing Off

And hoist the moist for Mantle’s 80th birthday, lads…hoist the moist!

‘Herewith Enclosed the Pitiful Results ...’

Part of a memo sent from Florida to the LIFE offices in New York by Bob Fellows, a photographer who accompanied Kubek and who took some of the pictures in this gallery. Fellows’ wry take on the proceedings offers a plausible reason why the pictures of “the fellers” were never published: namely, the images were pretty damn good, and the players “hammed it up wonderfully for Kubek’s ...

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Repoz Posted: October 20, 2011 at 05:13 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: history, memorabilia, yankees

Source: Epstein signing to be made official Friday

Finally.

Theo Epstein is expected to be announced as the Cubs’ president of baseball operations on Friday at Wrigley Field, a source said.

The Cubs will give Epstein a five-year contract worth an estimated $18.5 million to make all baseball-related decisions. Epstein is expected to bring San Diego Padres general manager Jed Hoyer in as Cubs’ GM, though they can not officially talk until Epstein is at the helm of the Cubs. San Diego CEO Jeff Moorad will give the Cubs permission to talk to ...

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Moses Taylor studied spirit biking in Giberia Posted: October 20, 2011 at 03:33 PM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, padres, red sox

Low Projection for World Series Ratings Not a Big Worry for Fox

But there really are no such things as bad World Series ratings. Since 1996, Fox won the night in prime time 58 of the 68 times it has aired a World Series game. (NBC aired the games in 1997 and 1999.)

That’s an impressive 85 percent of the time. During the 13 years Fox has aired the Series, it only has had the benefit of two seven-game series and three six-game series. What makes this even more impressive is that October is a major ratings month, so all of the networks are showcasing their ...

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Bourbon Samurai Posted: October 20, 2011 at 03:18 PM | 126 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, media, rangers, television

Local baseball legend Merritt Ranew passes away

As we used to say when collecting baseball cards…“Open a new and there’s always Ranew.”

Merritt Thomas Ranew, an Albany native who became a Major League baseball player and successful local horse trainer and businessman, died Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Langdale Hospice House in Valdosta. He was 73. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors is handling the arrangements.

Ranew was born on Tuesday, May 10, 1938. In 1957, at the age of 19 young Ranew was discovered by baseball scout and Albany legend Paul Eames. ...

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Repoz Posted: October 20, 2011 at 01:56 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, brewers, cubs, obituaries, twins, yankees

World Series Game 2 Chatter

Rangers (Colby Lewis) at Cardinals (Jaime Garcia). 8:05 PM. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: October 20, 2011 at 01:53 PM | 486 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Bradford: Forget crying, the Red Sox proved why there should be no captains in baseball

Including El Capitan Spazzenergi?

This disaster likely will teach the Red Sox more than a few lessons, among them being what a mistake it is to carry a captain.

This isn’t football, where practices are much more prevalent than games, and the captaincies are determined on a year-to-year, and even week-to-week, basis that respond to specific circumstances on a team in any given year. Once you give out the ‘C’ in baseball, there is no turning back. It doesn’t matter if the player’s role is ...

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Repoz Posted: October 20, 2011 at 01:43 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Levine: Source: Hoyer May Join Cubs

Meanwhile, two league sources confirmed a report by Sports Illustrated that Epstein could assume the title of president of baseball operations for the Cubs and bring in San Diego Padres general manager Jed Hoyer as his general manager.

Although compensation has been a sticking point in the Epstein negotiations, it’s not expected to play as big a role with the Padres because of the strong relationship between Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts and Padres vice chairman/CEO Jeff Moorad, according to ...

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Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: October 20, 2011 at 01:29 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, padres, red sox

Sydney Herald: Hey dude, don’t dis the curveball

I hear this all started in a Toowoomba bar…

A STORY in Wednesday’s Herald, reporting on the Higher School Certificate English exam - a test of the way in which NSW students read and write their native language - was led by an idiom born in the USA. ‘‘Year 12 students,’’ your correspondent wrote, ‘‘were thrown a curve ball yesterday …’‘

...Baseball phrases such as ‘‘struck out’’ and ‘‘hit a home run’’ are at least as deeply embedded in Australian English as ‘‘caught behind’’ or ‘‘hit for ...

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Repoz Posted: October 20, 2011 at 01:19 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: international

N.Y. Post: Potential Astros owner Jim Crane wants $50M discount to move team to A.L.

From “character issues” and “hurdles” to a $50 million discount. Scott Boras has nothing on Jim Crane ...

Sources told The Post that Crane—who reached a deal in May to buy the Astros from Drayton McLane for $680 million—is asking for a price reduction in the $50 million range to make the move.

On that front, the two sides are in the “ballpark” on the price, although a deal is far from certain, sources said.

[...]

Now Selig is pushing baseball owners to approve Crane as the new owner of ...

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Joe Kehoskie Posted: October 20, 2011 at 10:35 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business, rangers, rumors

FanGraphs: Klaassen: When to Walk Pujols

As my old down in the vermouth barbud, Toe-Knee Arm-Ass, used to say…“ALL THE ####### TIME!”

It seems to happen every year — a good hitter gets especially hot in the playoffs and people start talking about how he should get the “Barry Bonds Treatment,” i.e., walking the batter almost every time he is up. It is generally a bad idea to give a free pass to any hitter that often, but if any current player deserves that treatment, it is Albert Pujols. A comparison of Pujols and Bonds as ...

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Repoz Posted: October 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, projections, rangers, sabermetrics

Olbermann: For Heavens’ Sake: Replay!

Adrian of Nick-O-Media: The Beltre foul ball incident.

We will never know what would’ve followed: Adrian Beltre could have popped up on the next pitch, or homered igniting a 15-run rally, or torn his ACL running out a grounder, or anything in between.

But replays, taking less than sixty seconds of real time to watch, showed conclusively that Beltre fouled a ball off his foot with one out in the ninth against Jason Motte of the Cardinals in Game One of the 2011 World Series, and, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 20, 2011 at 10:06 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, media, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-20-2011

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 20, 1911:

There was a rumor yesterday afternoon that Snodgrass had been shot by Baker or a friend of Baker. The report spread like all evil reports do, and it cost newspapers some money in hunting it down. The result was that it was discovered Snodgrass was not even half shot. He was found in his hotel smoking a big cigar with his feet in the air and his face stuck into a newspaper. He looked surprised when he was asked whether he was shot dead.

There’s no such ...

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Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: October 20, 2011 at 09:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rumors

MLB announces Fan Cave to return in 2012

Oh good…maybe I’ll watch it for the first time next season.

The MLB Fan Cave will be back in 2012, and signups are under way for those interested in watching every regular-season game as Major League Baseball’s next Dream Job winner.

MLB made the announcement Wednesday night during the Cardinals’ 3-2 victory over the Rangers in Game 1 at the 107th World Series. On hand to offer applicant advice were 2011 MLB Dream Job winner Mike O’Hara and wing man Ryan Wagner, an example of the perks of the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 20, 2011 at 09:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, television

Ars Technica: Placebo-ball: the science of baseball’s magical necklaces

As fans celebrate and detractors deride, baseball is a sport ridden with superstition. Playing 162 games per season will do that, leading to all manner of lucky hats (bats, chew tins, gloves, you name it), pregame rituals, and many other entreaties to the world of the magical. To make matters worse (if you’re a believer in this sort of thing), your opponents aren’t empty-handed either. You might be trying to placate the Lords of Batting Average, but the player on the mound answers to the Greek ...

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Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: October 20, 2011 at 09:24 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Cardinals edge Rangers to open World Series

Nelson Cruz sprinted over to the foul line, desperately trying to run down Allen Craig’s tailing liner. The right fielder came up just short, and so did the Texas Rangers.

Craig’s pinch-hit drive landed an inch or two in front of Cruz’s outstretched glove for a go-ahead single off reliever Alexi Ogando in the sixth inning that carried the St. Louis Cardinals over the Rangers 3-2 Wednesday in a chilly World Series opener.

On a night when all the runs were driven in with opposite-field hits to ...

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Repoz Posted: October 20, 2011 at 03:40 AM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps, rangers

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Leo Durocher memorabilia to be auctioned in Belleville

Oh, please. Oh, please…let a cultural crossover William Bendix watch be part of the loot.

Divorce papers, lawsuits from his mother, love letters and a lot of baseball pictures and autographs are among the items in a collection of the stepdaughter of baseball great Leo Durocher to be auctioned Tuesday night in Belleville.

...One document details the agreement that Durocher signed in 1935 to pay his mother $500 a month as long as he was making at least $6,000 per year in baseball.

There also ...

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Repoz Posted: October 19, 2011 at 11:30 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: history, memorabilia

Forbes: Baseball and the Marriage Premium

According to OPS, the secret ingredient is… love??  Who’s been screwing with this thing???

In honor of the World Series, which starts tonight*, I dug out a research paper I’ve been sitting on for a while.

The paper, ‘Productivity, Wages, and Marriage: The Case of Major League Baseball‘ looks at the wages of baseball players and identifies a 16% gap between the wages of married players and unmarried players.

Economists have been documenting the marriage premium – the income boost ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 19, 2011 at 09:52 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: special topics

S&P LCD: Dodgers’ core legal issues remain intact, despite McCourt’s new pact

The showdown begins on Halloween! LCD is a pay site but I believe this article is free for nonsubscribers. Their coverage of bankruptcy issues is first-rate.

The divorce settlement announced earlier this week by Frank McCourt, owner of the L.A. Dodgers, and his estranged wife Jamie may lift the spirits of Dodgers’ fans more interested in baseball than judicial proceedings, but it is not likely to have much of a direct impact on the specific legal disputes facing the company in bankruptcy ...

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Kyle S at work Posted: October 19, 2011 at 07:38 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media, television

ESPN: Dirk Nowitzki denied throwing out first pitch

Uwe Blab, Blab, Blab.

The Texas Rangers nominated Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki to throw out a first pitch before one of their home games in the World Series, but sources with knowledge of the team’s plans say that the recommendation has been nixed by Major League Baseball.

Unlike regular-season games, all first-pitch assignments in the World Series have to be approved from a list of candidates by the league office.

Sources told ESPNDallas.com that—with the NBA in the midst of a ...

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Repoz Posted: October 19, 2011 at 07:31 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

Baseball America: 2011 Draft Report Card Chat With Jim Callis and John Manuel

Nick (Long Island): Bradley Marquez sounds like the 2nd coming of Jose Reyes. Provided he sticks with baseball, will he hit enough to play everyday and what position do you see him playing?


Jim Callis: Marquez does draw those Reyes comparisons, though he ultimately may be more of a center fielder than a shortstop. He has the tools to hit, but he’s going to lose some at-bats while playing football at Texas Tech.


Chuck (Wichita): How does Bubba Starling compare to Mike Trout in terms of ...

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Repoz Posted: October 19, 2011 at 07:13 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

Selig to retire to Madison to write memoirs on UW campus

Oh, the Humanities!

Allan H. “Bud” Selig has charmed the UW-Madison history department, paid a million-plus for a professor to teach the history of sports and had scholarships created in his honor. His new office in the Humanities Building is cozy and modest. The effect of his presence will be the opposite.

No word on if the History Department is threatening to move out of state unless they get a new building.

The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: October 19, 2011 at 06:56 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, history

WSJ: Futterman: ‘LaRussaball’ Conquers All

This post-season has marked the full flowering of a form of baseball that’s best described as LaRussaball—a philosophy that emphasizes the systematic and frequent (some would say overzealous) use of a team’s relief pitchers. It’s a style of baseball that makes the role of the pitcher who starts the game less important while it elevates the profile and stature of the pitching specialists who come out of the bullpen to quell rallies in the later innings.

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Coming into this World Series, ...

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Mattbert Posted: October 19, 2011 at 04:36 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

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